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4
GLASS-WAR
Now HERE IT is necessary to make a distinction
which is far too frequently ignored. Collectivisa-
tion means the handling of the common affairs
of mankind by a common control responsible
to the whole community. It means the suppress
sion of go-as-you-please in social and economic
affairs just as much as in international affairs.
It means the frank abolition of profit-seeking and
of every device by which human beings contrive
to be parasitic on their fellow men. It is the
practical realisation of the brotherhood of man
through a common control. It means all that
and it means no more than that.
The necessary nature of that control, the way
to attain it and to maintain it have still to be
discussed.
The early forms of socialism were attempts to
think out and try out collectivist systems. But
with the advent of Marxism, the larger idea of
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